1) JAPAN FORCED TO DUMP RADIOACTIVE FUKUSHIMA WATER INTO PACIFIC
According to Japan’s environment minister, Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant directly into the Pacific Ocean.
After the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from cooling pipes have been collected in tanks.
Minister Yoshiaki Harada said the utility will run out of space by 2022, and the only option left would be to dump it into the sea and dilute it.
A final government decision on disposing of the tainted water awaits a report from an expert panel.
Any green light to dump the waste into the sea, however, could anger neighbors such as South Korea.
2) INDIA’S MOON MISSION LOCATES LANDING CRAFT, NO COMMUNICATION YET
India has located the spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon but has not been able to establish communication with it yet.
According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the lander was making a “soft” or controlled landing near the South Pole of the moon on Saturday when it lost contact with ground control in the final stage of the descent.
Space experts said the lander may have come down faster than planned and crash-landed on the moon.
ISRO said the spacecraft Chandrayaan-2, which is orbiting the moon, had located the lander but it did not say whether it had been damaged.
3) NORTH KOREA FIRES PROJECTILES HOURS AFTER OFFERING TALKS WITH U.S.
North Korea today fired a new round of short-range projectiles, only hours after it signaled a new willingness to resume stalled denuclearization talks with the United States.
The launches were detected early in the morning by the South Korean military, which said they appeared to be short-range projectiles.
The launches came hours after Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement that North Korea was willing to have “comprehensive discussions” with the United States in late September at a time and place to be agreed.
Analysts said today’s launches appeared to have been timed to send a message to Washington.